Félicien Kabuga, who was accused of funding the Interahamwe militia, responsible for many massacres during the Rwanda genocide, appeared on Wednesday at the Paris High Court.
Rwandan businessman Félicien Kabuga, who was considered to be the financier of the 1994 genocide, appeared briefly on Wednesday, May 20, before the Chamber of Inquiry at the Paris High Court. The body is responsible for pronouncing its possible transfer to the mechanism of international criminal courts in The Hague, so that he can be tried there for genocide and crimes against humanity.
As announced on Tuesday, his attorneys, who condemn a violation of the right to presumption of innocence for their client, requested an eight-day suspension of the hearing, which must also decide on his continued detention. The next hearing is scheduled for May 27.
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Today, octogenarian, Félicien Kabuga, was arrested on Saturday in Asnières (Hauts-de-Seine) after being called for twenty-six years of international justice, arrived in a wheelchair, dressed in jeans and a blue sweater and wore a surgical mask.
Furnished from the room
He listened to the impassive air from the reading by the President of the Court of the five bills charged against him in the arrest warrant of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on April 29, 2013 – Genocide, Participation in Genocide, Direct and Public Call to Commit Genocide, Genocide Attempt , conspiracy to commit genocide.
At the end of the hearing, he left the room with his fist raised, under the encouragement of his family.
Félicien Kabuga is accused of funding the Interahamwe militia, responsible for many massacres during the Rwanda genocide, which killed at least 800,000 people, Tutsis and moderate Hutus, between April and July 1994.